In recent years, a new type of breast pump has entered the market that has changed the game for many mothers: the wearable breast pump. These breast pumps are exactly what they sound like: breast pumps that can be worn within your bra with no tubes in the way.
Because wearable breast pumps have no connections, parents are actually set free, able to pump while driving, working, doing dishes, caring for their infant, and more.
Of course, wearable breast pumps, like any other pump, have downsides. If you’re considering purchasing a wearable pump, here are some benefits and downsides.
The ability to roam freely around and accomplish things while pumping is the primary reason wearable breast pumps have grown in popularity. Who wants to spend many hours daily hooked up to a breast pump? However, how mobile you may be is determined by the pump you select. Some, for example, allow you to pump into their unique spill-proof bags, allowing you to pump while doing anything from napping to yoga to running a marathon. On the other hand, other types are meant to have milk pumped into a container, which can spill if you move too much, so they’re perfect for driving and strolling about but not doing anything too wild.
Even though you can check your email while using a hands-free pumping bra, you’ll still need to pump in a private area with most breast pumps since you have flanges hanging out of your bra that are hooked to bottles. On the other hand, wearable breast pumps may be worn within your bra and under your blouse, allowing you to use them while grocery shopping, driving, or working at the office. Yes, wearing the pumps under your blouse makes your breast appear larger, but at least you can pump in public. This might be extremely beneficial if you cannot take a pumping break at work.
Simple to Clean
Most pumps have few moving components, making them incredibly simple to clean. A pump typically includes five elements (valve, spout, bottle, seal, and breast shield) or two (the flange and a tube that connects to the pump). Typically, these firms state that you may hand-wash the pieces or place them on the top rack of the dishwasher.
Many pumps now include iPhone and Android applications that allow you to change your suction settings, switch between stimulation and expression modes, monitor the length and duration of your pumping activity, and measure your milk flow each day, all from your phone. Isn’t it amazing?
The most significant disadvantage of purchasing a wearable pump is its high cost. If you choose a pump that utilises reusable bags, you will also have to pay for the bags.
Wearable pumps do not have the same suction power as hospital-grade pumps. With a wearable pump, you’ll most likely make less milk per session. Some women, however, produce better with a softer suction.